North Tahoe basketball: Girls fall to Longhorns, Wolverines |

North Tahoe basketball: Girls fall to Longhorns, Wolverines

Sylas Wright
Xochitl Perez drives toward the hoop in Friday's league game against Battle Mountain. Perez scored a team-high nine points.
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Following the holiday break, the Lakers resume league play with a rival game at Incline on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m.

TAHOE CITY — The North Tahoe girls could have used their full arsenal this past Friday and Saturday.

Playing without two key starters who were out on vacation, the Lakers dropped both league-opening contests, 59-19 to Battle Mountain and 57-23 to West Wendover.

“We’re missing two starters and we haven’t had a whole lot of practice yet, so we’re still learning,” said second-year North Tahoe coach Lorena Herrera. “The starters we had out there are still getting used to playing together. But we’re getting there.”

Junior Jillian Argiris stepped into the starting point guard role and did a commendable job against Battle Mountain’s aggressive full-court press.

But the Longhorns had too many weapons to contain as they jumped out to a 12-3 first-quarter lead and extended the margin to 24-12 by the half. The visitors outscored the Lakers 16-7 in the third quarter and 19-0 in the fourth.

Junior Xochitl Perez led North Tahoe with nine points, while Elise Avery contributed five points, Argiris three and Evelyn Alonzo two. Eight different Longhorns scored, with junior Riane Schroeder leading the way with 13 points and Grace Melver adding 11.

Saturday’s game played out in similar fashion as the Wolverines took an early 18-2 lead en route to the victory. Argiris led the Lakers with 11 points, Perez scored five and Avery had three.

The Lakers are now 0-2 in the Northern Division III and 1-3 overall. Both Battle Mountain (1-1 league, 7-6 overall) and West Wendover (1-1, 11-2) dropped league games at Incline (2-0, 7-3) over the weekend.